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A Cultural History of The Punisher

Marvel Comics and the Politics of Vengeance

A comprehensive study of the Punisher in all his contradictions.

The Punisher made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man in 1974, fighting crime with violence—and willingness to kill—that set him apart from the typical comic book hero. Nearly fifty years later, he is a global icon, poised between hero and anti-hero, drawing praise and condemnation, and frequently featuring in stories that have wider cultural resonance. In this book, Kent Worcester explores the Punisher in all his contradictions. Offering a close reading of the Punisher’s distinctive and extreme form of justice discourse, he shows how the Punisher inhabits the most politically engaged corner of the entire Marvel Universe.


268 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

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